In a shocking incident, reports of a 7-year-old girl who has allegedly been raped in Jaipur's Shastri Nagar, Rajasthan, have emerged on Tuesday. Sources have also said that the girl was allegedly picked up by a man on a motorcycle while she was playing outside. Locals have reportedly stormed to the area's police station, allegedly demanding action against the culprit. The angry residents have allegedly gone on a rampage, smashing windows demanding justice for the victim, as per sources.
Police have deployed extra personnel, as per sources to control the protesting crowd. 16 people have been allegedly detained by authorities for instigating violence. Some of them have allegedly been detained due to connections with the accused are being interrogated by the authorities, as per sources. Internet services have also been suspended in the area, as per sources.
Detailing the ongoing investigation the Jaipur Police Commissioner has said:
"Investigation is ongoing to trace the accused. 14 teams have been deployed to find the man who kidnapped the child on a bike. We have found a few clues which we are following. We hope to find the accused soon and then the legal proceeding will commence against him," he said.
Sources have also reported that internet services have been suspended in 13 areas around Shastri Nagar. Meanwhile, Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot is also reportedly scheduled to visit the victim in the hospital, once he returns from the national capital.
Rajasthan has seen an upswing in rape cases reported, with the horrific Alwar gang rape occurring on April 26 where a Dalit woman was allegedly raped by five men in front of her husband in Thanagazi in the district. The assailants also filmed the crime and uploaded the video on social media. The police have arrested all the accused in the case.
Since the incident, BJP had been demanding that Rajasthan should resign, alleging there was a delay in the investigation due to polls in the state which were concluded in the state on May 6. While the rape occurred on April 26, an FIR had been filed on May 2.
Following the BJP's demand, BSP Supremo Mayawati too had asked the apex court's intervention on this case, requesting for the death penalty to the accused, as the matter affected all women. She also requested action against the Congress government and police for suppressing the case until voting was concluded in Alwar.
"We wish that the Supreme Court should look into this incident. We also wish that they (SC) provide a verdict on time, punishing the accused in the strictest manner preferably a death sentence. This matter is not restricted to just Dalits, it is related to the honour of women all over the country," she said.